Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Explore Expanding Ski Boundary

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 2, 2011 12:03 pm



If you are a skier or snowboarder who loves going out of bounds, or floating down the big open slopes in deep snow, this announcement is especially exciting for you!

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows have announced they will conduct a pilot study this winter season to explore the possibility of creating backcountry access gates, which will facilitate on-snow travel between the two resorts. Squaw and Alpine Meadows management, ski patrols from both resorts, and the US Forest Service have teamed up to investigate the feasibility of such an expansion. The project will include route selection, potential issues relating to backcountry access during in-bounds closures, search and rescue issues, and interface with private land and wilderness areas. If successful, the pilot study could result in a policy change which would permit skiers and riders with specialized backcountry training and equipment to access the wilderness land connecting Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.

“We will be working closely with our partner, the United States Forest Service, to conduct the pilot study,” said Andy Wirth, CEO of both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. “With the safety of our guests and our team members as our primary concern, we will be doing our due diligence to determine whether or not backcountry access between Squaw and Alpine Meadows is a possibility.”

Since Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows joined under common ownership in September 2011, both resorts can be accessed on one lift ticket or season pass for the 2011-12 winter season. Shuttles will run constantly between Squaw and Alpine Meadows this winter, providing convenient and quick access between the two resorts.

The boundary management policies of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows will remain much the same as they have in previous years. With the exception of the conditions dependent pilot study, Squaw Valley’s boundary will remain closed as it has in prior years. The Alpine Meadows Ski Area boundary will be managed as it has been in the past.

For more information about this exciting project and other resort news, visit: www.skialpine.com and www.squaw.com